Today, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® received
the Hearing Loss Association of America's (HLAA) 2014 National Access
Award in recognition of CEA's continued advocacy for emerging
technologies that help improve the lives of people with hearing loss.
HLAA is the nation's leading organization representing people with
hearing loss and promotes new technology, medical research and
legislation that will alleviate the effects of hearing loss.
"Technology has the power to transform the lives of all people," said
Gary Shapiro, CEA president and CEO. "On behalf of CEA and our members,
we are honored to receive HLAA's prestigious National Access Award. CEA
and our members are committed to working with HLAA, the hearing loss
community and all in the accessibility community to enable consumers of
all abilities to access technology and enjoy the many benefits
technological innovation brings to our world."
CEA has been a champion of industry-driven solutions to ensure
innovative technologies and services are accessible to disabled
consumers. At the 2013 International CES®, owned and produced
by CEA, the Accessible & Universal Design Technologies category was
added to the Innovations Awards, recognizing innovation in accessibility
and rewarding companies that make advances in the area. Past
honorees include Personal Sound with LINX FUSION, ReSound LiNX and
In 2009, CEA formed the CEA Foundation, a public, national foundation
that links seniors and people with disabilities to technologies that can
enhance their lives. In 2013, the foundation presented HLAA with a grant
to fund a hands-on, train-the-trainer program on hearing-assistive
devices and emerging technologies for consumers with heaing loss. The
foundation's grant helped HLAA raise awareness for those suffering from
hearing loss by highlighting a variety of assistive and emerging
technologies that are available to keep people with disabilities
healthy, active and safe.
"The members of CEA are embracing technology that is accessible to
people with disabilities," said Anna Gilmore Hall, executive director,
HLAA. "They are creative and innovative and are driving the market
toward new products that will dramatically improve the lives of people
with hearing loss and other disabilities. We are excited that they had
the foresight to create the CEA Foundation, which is committed to
improving the lives of seniors and people with disabilities."
The HLAA Convention 2014, held in Austin, Texas, features three days of
educational programming, including "Emerging Technology for People with
Hearing Loss," a session hosted by the foundation on June 27. The panel
will include CEA member companies AfterShokz,
Research and Panasonic,
as well as other guests discussing their technologies.
Previous recipients of HLAA's National Access Award include CTIA - The
Wireless Association, Brown University and the John F. Kennedy Center
for the Performing Arts.
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade
association representing the $208 billion U.S. consumer electronics
industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA
membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical
training and education, industry promotion, standards development and
the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and
produces the International CES - The Global Stage for Innovation. All
profits from CES are reinvested into CEA's industry services. Find CEA
online at www.CE.org,
and through social media: http://www.ce.org/social.
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